OPENVT(1) General Commands Manual OPENVT(1)
openvt - start a program on a new virtual terminal (VT).
openvt [-c vtnumber] [OPTIONS] [--] command
openvt will find the first available VT, and run on it the given command with the given command options , standard input, output and error are directed to that terminal. The current search path ($PATH) is used to find the requested command. If no command is specified then the environment variable $SHELL is used. OPTIONS -c, --console=VTNUMBER Use the given VT number and not the first available. Note you must have write access to the supplied VT for this to work. -f, --force Force opening a VT without checking whether it is already in use. -e, --exec Directly execute the given command, without forking. This option is meant for use in /etc/inittab. -s, --switch Switch to the new VT when starting the command. The VT of the new command will be made the new current VT. -u, --user Figure out the owner of the current VT, and run login as that user. Suitable to be called by init. Shouldn't be used with -c or -l. -l, --login Make the command a login shell. A - is prepended to the name of the command to be executed. -v, --verbose Be a bit more verbose. -w, --wait wait for command to complete. If -w and -s are used together then openvt will switch back to the controlling terminal when the command completes. -V, --version print program version and exit. -h, --help show this text and exit. -- end of options to openvt.
If openvt is compiled with a getopt_long() and you wish to set options to the command to be run, then you must supply the end of options -- flag before the command.
openvt can be used to start a shell on the next free VT, by using the command: openvt bash To start the shell as a login shell, use: openvt -l bash To get a long listing you must supply the -- separator: openvt -- ls -l
Earlier, openvt was called open. It was written by Jon Tombs <firstname.lastname@example.org> or <email@example.com>. The -w idea is from "sam".
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